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Willmar volleyball steps up in victory

The Willmar volleyball improved both its serving and serve receive, which led to more efficient offense in a three-set victory over Jordan at the Breakdown Side Out Classic on Saturday.

The Cardinals won 25-11, 25-14 and 25-20.

Willmar lost a three-setter to Marshall to open the season but rebounded in all phases of the game against Jordan, said head coach Traci Grussing.

"We served tough and at a much higher percentage that we did against Marshall," Grussing said. "Our biggest improvement was in serve receive. We were able to generate a lot more offense this match than we did against Marshall."

Grussing cited Abby Stark, Caitlin Ogdahl and Bailey Olson for their serve receiving, and she said Carly Wedel and Olson both surpassed .500 hitting efficiency, "which is amazing."

Wedel and Olson led the Cardinals with nine kills and Ogdahl had eight. Wedel also had 22 set assists and served four aces.

Willmar 3,

Jordan 0

Willmar (1-1) 25 25 25

Jordan 11 14 20


Serving (aces): Lydia Larson 2, Carly Wedel 4, Bailey Olson 1 ... Set assists: Larson 10, Abby Stark 3, Wedel 22 ... Hitting (kills): Sydney Schnichels 3, Abby Teisinger 1, Sydney Olson 6, Caitlin Ogdahl 8, Grace Marti 2, Wedel 9, Olson 9 ... Blocking (aces): Schnichels 1, Teisinger 2, S. Olson 1, Ogdahl 2, Marti 2, Wedel 2 ... Digs (5 or more): Larson 7, Stark 17, Callie Slagter 5, Wedel 9, B. Olson 10


Stats not provided

Prep Tennis

Mankato West Quad

The Willmar tennis team won two of three matches at the Mankato West Quad on Saturday.

The Cardinals defeated Mankato West and Waseca, both by 6-1 scores. They lost 6-1 to Lakeville North.

Team scores

Willmar 6, Mankato West 1

Willmar 6, Waseca 1

Lakeville North 6, Willmar 1

How Willmar fared


(1) Lydia Morrell 2-0; Ashley Prahl 1-0 (2) Chloe Hansen 2-0, Alyssa Morrell 0-1 (3) Ashley Prahl 2-0; Mady Spencer 0-1 (4) Alyssa Morrell 2-0; Abby Stauffenecker 0-1


(1) Mady Spencer/Abby Hoffman 1-1; Lydia Morrell/Chloe Hansen 0-1 (2) Paige Hanson/Abby Stauffenecker 1-1; Mercedes Schueler/Ashley Pitzen 0-1 (3) Julia Iverson/Allie Bruhn 2-0; Sydnie Staebell/Kylie Berget 0-1

Crookston Invite

New London-Spicer No. 1 singles player Ava Hanson and the Wildcats' No. 1 doubles team of Izzy Schmiesing and Erin Loterbauer both posted second-place finishes at the Crookston Booster Tournament on Saturday.

NLS' No. 2 singles player April Groff and No. 2 doubles team Annika Spors and Ashley Templer both won consolation championships.

How NLS fared


(1) Ava Hanson 2-1 (second place) (2) April Groff 2-1 (consolation champion) (3) Megan Warner 1-2 (third consolation) (4) Taylor Barber 1-2 (third consolation)


(1) Izzy Schmiesing/Erin Loterbauer 2-1 (second place) (2) Annika Spors/Ashley Templer 2-1 (consolation champions) (3) Ruby Parsons/Morgan Rolighed 3-1 (third place)

Amateur Baseball

NLS 12, Chokio 3

Wyatt White had four hits and drove in six runs and Scott Rambow had three hits and three RBIs as New London-Spicer moved into the third round of the Class C amateur baseball state tournament on Saturday.

NLS pitchers Austin VerSteeg and Michael Gruber combined to allow three runs and strike out nine.

The Twins play Sobieski, a 2-0 winner of Jackson, at 11 a.m. Saturday in Shakopee.

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Chokio 002 001 000-3 5 3

Hitting - New London-Spicer: Jake Rambow 2-6 rbi r-2, John Perkins 1-5 r-2, Mike Danielson 2-5 rbi r, Josh Soine 0-1 r, Scott Rambow 3-4 rbi-3 r-2, Brady Damhof 0-0 r, Austen Hadley 3-5 2b-2 rbi r-2, Wyatt White 4-5 rbi-6, Austin Rambow 1-4, Andrew Bangen 1-4 r, Ben Kulset 1-3 ... Chokio: Tom Holland 2-3 Chandler Erickson 1-4 2b rbi, Nick Hervin 1-4 2b rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New London-Spicer: Austin VerSteeg (W) 7-5-3-3-2-5, Michael Gruber 2-0-0-0-0-4 ... Chokio: Hervin (L) 4.1-10-6-5-0-2, Jacob Torgerson 2.1-6-6-6-2-1, Bryce Jergenson 0.1-2-0-0-0-0, Danny Hennen 0.2-0-0-0-1-1, Kyle Athey 0.1-0-0-0-0-0

Raymond 6,

Richmond 2

Alex Lotthammer worked six strong innings and Tyler Steen had three hits and drove in three runs as Raymond moved into the third round of the Class C amateur state tournament on Saturday.

Lotthammer allowed four hits and struck out eight to get the win. Jordan Smith, John Sawatzky and Calvin Kosminskas also drove in Rockets runs, and Mike Jeseritz had a hit and scored three runs.

The Rockets play Young America, a 5-1 winner over Jordan, at 5 p.m. Saturday in New Prague.

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Richmond 000 000 200-2 9 3

Hitting - Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 1-3 r-3, Tyler Steen 3-5 2b rbi-3 r, Calvin Kosminskas 0-4 rbi, Jordan Smith 2-4 rbi, John Sawatzky 1-3 rbi, Eric Hulterstrum 1-2, Jose Rosario 0-2 r-2 ... Richmond: Adam Backes 2-3 r, Dan Hanson 2-5 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Raymond: Alex Lotthammer (W) 6-4-0-0-4-8, Cole Christensen 2-2-2-0-1-1, Colin Richards 1-3-0-0-0-3 ... Richmond: DJ Schleicher (L) 4-4-2-2-2-2, Eli Emerson 2-2-1-1-1-1, Ben Schroeder 3-2-3-3-4-2